Speaker: Lead Pastor Tom Olson
Series: My Amazing Life
Yes, God loves you unconditionally - just the way you are! He also loves you too much to let you stay that way. He desires for you to grow and experience more of the amazing life He has planned for you. Listen as we explore how God changes us.
“As God’s Spirit works within us, we are being transformed to become more like Christ. This change, from one degree of glory to another, comes from the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
God loves us just the way we are—but he loves us too much to leave us that way! This week, we’ll look at the four elements involved in how God changes us. They are: 1) coaching; 2) learning the truth; 3) new thinking; 4) cleaning house. Read Ephesians 4 together and use the lesson to identify which steps you need God’s help with most.
- Transformation requires coaching, which is an incremental process requiring both group and individual coaching. What names does Paul use for coaches in Ephesians 4:11-13, and what are some other names we use today? Describe some important coaches who have made a significant difference in your life.
- Some changes in our lives are made better in the context of an honest community. As you ponder Ephesians 4:25, what quality must we develop if we truly want a transformed life? Small groups represent a safe place to be you where others will be “kind, loving, and forgiving.” Share with your small group a reason why you are there.
- Transformation requires learning the truth. What do John 17:17, John 14:6, Ephesians 4:14-15, and 2 Timothy 3:16-17 say about 1) what truth is? and 2) how we will be transformed if we know the truth?
- Ephesians 4:17-19 tells us we need to open our minds. Transformed thinking changes the way we feel and, therefore, the way we act. Share with your group examples of a changed mind leading to changed action.
- Transformation requires faith in God. How can you build your faith so that you can reap the promises in Ephesians 3:20?
Diving Deeper (optional)
Transformation requires cleaning house. Why is it so hard to get rid of bad habits? What role do you think our enemy, Satan, plays in making these changes more difficult? Share with your group at least one area that needs some “spring cleaning.” What change do you plan to make and how can your small group members help you make it?